Soldier killed in PKK attack in Hakkari, SE Turkey

11 PKK extremists also captured by security forces in SE Mardin province, says governor's office

Soldier killed in PKK attack in Hakkari, SE Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Turkish soldier was martyred Sunday by a bomb planted along a highway by the PKK extremist organization in the southeastern Hakkari province, security sources said.

According to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, the explosive detonated when soldiers were clearing mines along the Hakkari-Van highway.

An operation in the region is underway to apprehend the extremists, the sources added.

Separately, 11 PKK extremists were apprehended by security forces in an operation in the southeastern Mardin province, the governor's office said Sunday.

It added that several weapons were also seized during the operation.

The PKK – listed as a extremist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU – resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July 2015. Since then, more than 700 security force members have been martyred and around 8,000 PKK extremists killed or apprehended.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ekim 2016, 14:47